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Wikimedia Commons Revising the Political History of the Aztec Empire

Wikimedia Commons Charlotte, North Carolina, Mar 26 (EFE).- The Aztec empire was not as powerful as previously thought and did not enjoy total domination of its central Mexican heartland, according to a study published by the Journal of Archaeological Science. "The Geopolitics of Obsidian Supply in Postclassic Tlaxcallan" is the product of a collaboration among researchers from North Caroli...

Costa Rica Drug Cartels from Mexico Status of U.S. High-Level Law Enforcement Support to Costa Rica

Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Public Security in Costa Rica On March 24th, the United States House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs heard testimony provided by William R. Brownfield, the Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). The testimony focused on the assistance given to Central Americ...

A pristine beach in Barbados. Wikimedia Commons Farewell to the Queen? Barbados Considers Republic Status

A pristine beach in Barbados. Wikimedia Commons San Juan, Mar 24 (EFE).- Prime Minister Freundel Stuart wants Barbados to renounce Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and declare itself a republic. A spokesperson in the prime minister's office confirmed to Efe on Tuesday that Stuart made "personal" comments in favor of republicanism over the weekend at an activity hosted by the ru...

Wikimedia Commons Guantanamo Prisoners No Longer Given Refuge by Uruguay

Wikimedia Commons Montevideo, Mar 23 (EFE).- Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa said Monday that Montevideo absolutely will not accept any more inmates from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo, in contrast to the previous government of Jose Mujica, who took in - as refugees - six Middle Eastern men who had been held at the facility. In remarks to the press, Nin Novoa addressed the issue...

Wikimedia Commons New U.S. Presidential Candidate Faces Early Rejection

Wikimedia Commons Washington, Mar 23 (EFE).- Two Latino groups on Monday rejected the presidential candidacy of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, saying that he could alienate Hispanics from that party even more given his "anti-immigrant" stance and his rejection of President Barack Obama's executive action measures on behalf of undocumented immigrants. Cruz, a senator from Texas who was born to a ...

The yellow regions are controlled by rebels. Wikimedia Commons Rebel Forces in Yemen Advance Towards President’s Hideout

The yellow regions are controlled by rebels. Wikimedia Commons Sanaa, Mar 22 (EFE).- The Shiite Houthi rebel movement on the weekend took control of the airport in the southwestern city of Taiz and began sending fighters toward Aden, where Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi lives. Witnesses in Taiz, the country's second-largest city, told Efe that Houthi militias wearing the uniform of...

EFE file Venezuela: Military Action May Follow US Declaration

Supporters of President Maduro rally in Caracas EFE/AGENCIA VENEZOLANA DE NOTICIAS/ Washington, Mar 19 (EFE).- The Obama administration's designation of the situation in Venezuela as a threat to U.S. national security may herald a military intervention, the Venezuelan foreign minister said Thursday at the Organization of American States headquarters in this capital. "History has shown that ...

Pixabay Commons Jamaica Aims to Become Leader in Global Ganja Politics

Wikimedia Commons San Juan, Mar 19 (EFE).- Jamaica is ready to lead discussions in the United Nations about changing international anti-narcotics treaties to acknowledge the therapeutic and medicinal benefits of marijuana. "Jamaica intends to participate, and to lead, if necessary, a process in the United Nations to have those treaties amended or to reflect what I believe is the evidence th...

LGBT flag Two Caribbean Nations Sued for Denying Entry to LGBT People

San Juan, Mar 18 (EFE).- A Jamaican lawyer has filed a lawsuit in the Caribbean Court of Justice aimed at forcing the governments of Trinidad and Tobago and Belize to scrap immigration laws that bar the entry of gays and lesbians. Legal representatives from Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean Community made statements Wednesday at a hearing on the suit, court Registry supervisor Nandlal Hardi...

Pixabay Commons European Concerns About China’s Influence in Latin America

Pixabay Commons Panama City, Mar 18 (EFE).- Europe is concerned about its loss of influence in Latin America and China's growing presence in the region, one of the co-presidents of the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly, or Eurolat, said here. "We worry about no longer being the big economic partner that Europe has been for many Latin American countries, and about being replaced by ...

EFE file Venezuela Issues Immediate Demand to the United States

EFE file New York, Mar 17 (EFE).- Venezuela on Tuesday took out a full-page ad in The New York Times to ask the U.S. government to immediately cease its "hostile actions" against Caracas and to retract the executive order declaring the South American nation to be a threat to its national security. Entitled "Venezuela is not a threat," the ad takes the form of a letter directed at the Americ...

Source: MexicoLeaks WikiLeaks-Style Platform to Fight Corruption in Mexico

Source: MexicoLeaks By Paula Escalada Medrano. Mexico City, Mar 16 (EFE).- Mexicoleaks, an online platform that encourages citizens to leak documents related to wrongdoing by government officials to the media, says it wants to end Mexicans' fear of reporting corruption and abuses of power. "This breaks the sources' natural wariness, the fear of being identified, the fear of violating sec...

Source: US DEA Party Time in Ireland? Drugs Get Legal Status by Mistake

Source: Wikimedia Commons Leo Varadkar, Ireland's Health Minister, introduced emergency legislation in the lower house of the Irish parliament yesterday evening, to negate the legal loophole created by a decision from Dublin's Court of Appeal that morning. Various hard drugs — including ketamine, ecstasy, and magic mushrooms — were rendered legal, following the law governing their prohibition ...

File photo of retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who congratulated Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro this week for his "brilliant and courageous" speech against the "brutal plans" of the United States against his country. EFE/File Early Diplomatic Differences Between Cuba and the U.S.

File photo of retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who congratulated Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro this week for his "brilliant and courageous" speech against the "brutal plans" of the United States against his country. EFE/File Havana, Mar 10 (EFE).- Cuba gave its "unconditional support" to Venezuela on Tuesday following Washington's declaration of a "national emergency" due to the "extra...

Obama imposes sanctions, declares emergency over Venezuelan threat to U.S. EFE Venezuela is Now Considered a Threat to U.S. National Security

Obama imposes sanctions, declares emergency over Venezuelan threat to U.S. EFE Washington, May 9 (EFE).- U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday ordered the sanctions recently approved against top Venezuelan officials to be implemented and declared a "national emergency" over the "extraordinary risk" that, he said, the Venezuelan situation poses for U.S. security. In an executive order, Obama...

Rwanda Women Rwanda: Only Parliament in the World with a Female Majority

By Desiree Garcia Kigali, Mar 7 (EFE).- A traditional Rwandan proverb says that "hens don't cackle when there's a rooster around," but the women of this country have made that saying obsolete because they have taken a decisive role in many spheres of society and politics. The new Rwanda has been built by its women, who came to represent 70 percent of the population after the 1994 genocide wi...

EFE file Esteemed EFE News Agency Sets Record Straight in Venezuela

EFE Madrid, Mar 6 (EFE).- Agencia Efe on Friday denied having sent out any reports on a supposed "self-coup" staged by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and has notified authorities in Venezuela of its surprise at some statements made by the president in this regard.   In an address delivered on Thursday, the Venezuelan president said: "And the stupid people at Agencia Efe, that's...

U.S. oil company Occidental Petroleum, or Oxy, has agreed to compensate five Peruvian Amazon Indian communities for damage resulting from oil production activity. EFE/File U.S. Oil Firm Pays Off Peruvian Indigenous Communities

U.S. oil company Occidental Petroleum, or Oxy, has agreed to compensate five Peruvian Amazon Indian communities for damage resulting from oil production activity. EFE/File Lima, Mar 5 (EFE).- U.S. oil company Occidental Petroleum, or Oxy, has agreed to compensate five Peruvian Amazon Indian communities for damage resulting from oil production activity. Leaders of the Achuar people from the ...

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers a speech at the 30th anniversary gala for the Democratic organization Emily's List. EFE Are U.S. Constituents Ready to Elect a Woman President?

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers a speech at the 30th anniversary gala for the Democratic organization Emily's List. EFE Washington, Mar 4 (EFE).- Hillary Clinton received the backing of some of the most powerful women in her party at the 30th anniversary gala of the Democratic organization Emily's List, and she didn't hesitate to ask the audience "Don't you someday want to s...

French President François Hollande. EFE/File French President Hollande Will Travel to Cuba

French President François Hollande. EFE/File Paris, Mar 3 (EFE).- French President François Hollande will travel to Cuba on May 11, the first visit by a French head of state to the Latin American country, the Elysee Palace, the French presidential residence, announced Tuesday.   "The visit of the president of the republic to Cuba on May 11 will constitute the first time a French hea...

Source: Wikimedia Commons U.S. and Cuban Farmers Essential to Diplomatic Efforts

A Cuban Farmer. Source: Flickr Havana, Mar 2 (EFE).- Almost 100 U.S. agri-businessmen visiting Cuba on Monday supported an end to the embargo on the island and said they were ready to push the productive sector there, one of the economy's most acute needs given that Cuba spends $2 billion per year to import food. The businessmen are representatives of the U.S. Agricultural Coalition for Cub...

Wikimedia Commons U.S. Broadcaster Rush Limbaugh is Not Moving to Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons Back in March 2010, the conservative and controversial radio host Rush Limbaugh mentioned his intention of coming to Costa Rica if and when the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as “Obamacare,” would be enacted. Mr. Limbaugh actually set a date for this move, which would ostensibly take place a few days from today. To wit, we have this recent conversation on Twitter: ...

Supporters of President Maduro rally in Caracas EFE/AGENCIA VENEZOLANA DE NOTICIAS/ President of Venezuela Alleges Conspiracy by the U.S.

Supporters of President Maduro rally in Caracas EFE/AGENCIA VENEZOLANA DE NOTICIAS/ Caracas, Feb 28 (EFE).- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday ordered the United States, whose government he accuses of conspiring against him, to immediately reduce the staff of its Caracas embassy from approximately 100 to a level similar to the 20 that his government has in Washington.   ...

Cuba U.S. Embassy in Cuba Planned Before Summit of the Americas

Washington, Feb 27 (EFE).- The U.S. government is optimistic about the prospects of reaching an agreement with Cuba to re-open embassies before April's Summit of the Americas in Panama, Washington's chief negotiator in talks with Havana said Friday. "I do think we can get this done in time for the Summit of the Americas," Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson said after discussions in W...

China extended loans worth $22.1 billion to Latin America in 2014, topping the $20 billion lent by the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank combined. EFE/File $22.1 Billion in Chinese Loans to Latin America in 2014

China extended loans worth $22.1 billion to Latin America in 2014, topping the $20 billion lent by the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank combined. EFE/File Washington, Feb 27 (EFE).- China extended loans worth $22.1 billion to Latin America in 2014, topping the $20 billion lent by the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank combined, according to a report from a Was...

Mogadishu - Wikimedia Commons U.S. Nominates First Ambassador to Somalia in 24 Years

Mogadishu - Wikimedia Commons President Barack Obama has named seasoned diplomat Katherine Dhanani as the new ambassador to the African nation of Somalia after 24 years. According to the U.S. State department, they are planning to reopen the Embassy in Somalia's capital city, Mogadishu. The relationship between U.S. and Somalia got deteriorated in the beginning of 1990s as riots engulfed the p...

Wikimedia Commons John Kerry Remembers First Visit to Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons As part of the ongoing bilateral relations between Costa Rica and the United States, our Minister of Foreign Affairs recently visited the White House and met with his counterpart, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Two of the topics currently being discussed between these two nations include economic development and matters related to sustainable energy production. The follo...

Wikimedia Commons Once Again, Press Freedom Prevails in Costa Rica

Two recent attempts by government officials to undermine press freedom in Costa Rica were thwarted by competent legislative and judicial officials. One case involves access to government information that should be made available with full transparency, and the other involves undue snooping on journalists by law enforcement agents with the help of a former communications monopoly that used to be co...

David Rivera Shady Miami Power Players Used Costa Rica as Safe Passage

David Rivera Tenuous security controls at the Peñas Blancas border crossing checkpoint between Costa Rica and Nicaragua helped a controversial former Member of the United States Congress and a close associate hide from the law. David Rivera represented South Florida's 25th District from 2011 to 2013; his controversial background includes allegations of setting up a shadow reelection campaign w...

Source: Focus Features How Costa Rica Helped the CIA Smuggle Cocaine, Now on DVD

Source: Focus Features A penetrating film that deals with a very delicate, yet factual and historic, Cold War narrative, is now available on DVD. Kill the Messenger was modestly released to regional audiences in the United States last year; it has received positive reviews thanks to actor Jeremy Renner's powerful performance as the late journalist Gary Webb. Kill the Messenger is based on t...

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